BMW’s recent styling staff shuffle continues, as the automaker announced yesterday that designer Karim Habib has been appointed head of BMW exterior design.
The move, capitulated in part by the recent shakeup in the Mini design studio, brings the designer back to the Munich-based automaker for the first time in two years. Although Habib originally joined BMW in 1998 and spent nearly a decade with the company, he joined Mercedes-Benz in 2009, where he was appointed to an advanced design studio.
“I’m really delighted about coming back to the BMW brand and being given the opportunity to help shape the future of BMW as part of an outstanding team,” Habib said in a prepared statement.
In addition to studying transportation design at both the Swiss-based Art Center Europe and the Art Center College of Design in California, Habib earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in 1994. Previous projects during his tenure at BMW included both the current 7 Series, along with the stunning Concept CS show car that debuted at the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show. Habib’s work at Mercedes was largely tied to a number of the company’s F-Class concepts and experimental vehicles, including the F800 Style show car, which was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
“Karim Habib is an excellent designer who has already made a major contribution to the BMW design with the current BMW 7 Series,” said Adrian von Hooydonk, director of BMW Group design, in a prepared statement. “I look forward to resuming our collaboration.”